Introducing Ecobuild America-- Industry Leaders Form New Company, Launch New Event

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Ecobuild America, a comprehensive environmental systems conference and exhibition to the $15 billion U.S. green building market. The event premieres June 20-23, 2005 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Focused on the needs of the expanding green building market, the unique event combines sustainable building techniques with the technology that supports the entire process from concept, through design, construction and long-term operation.

Experts in sustainable design, building technology, and major event management have joined forces to bring a comprehensive environmental systems conference and exhibition to the $15 billion U.S. green building market.

Ecobuild America premieres June 20-23, 2005 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Focused on the needs of the expanding green building market, the unique event combines sustainable building techniques with the technology that supports the entire process from concept, through design, construction and long-term operation.

The exhibition portion of Ecobuild America features products that serve the entire scope of designing, constructing and operating buildings for better energy and environmental performance. The educational sessions cover the newest innovations in green building materials, energy and technology, with particular emphasis on sustainable growth, green building, and environmental design.

The multi-faceted event combines elements that meet whole building needs, something no other U.S. event currently is doing.

"By having a strong technology component, Ecobuild America highlights more efficient methods of designing sustainability into any project. This whole building approach considers the long-term operation and management of structures in a more environmentally and energy-saving way," says George Borkovich, one of the principal organizers of the event, and a former owner of the very successful AEC SYSTEMS International event.

Ecobuild America is designed to meet the needs of those involved in the built environment. Attendees comprise building owners and managers, engineers, contractors, design professionals, architects, surveyors, and specifiers in the commercial, residential, institutional, industrial, government and utility markets.                                     [more]

The educational component of Ecobuild America is produced by Mark Kalin, FAIA FCSI, President Kalin Associates Specifications. Kalin is a LEED accredited professional and author of the original GreenSpec Specifications for Environmental Sustainability and R.S. Means’ Specifying Green Building Products.

The range of topics in the comprehensive educational program include: creating environmentally designed facilities, life cycle cost assessment of materials and systems, hardware and software tools for green design, building automation and control systems, green initiatives from Europe and Japan, using GIS in environmental design, lessons learned from the LEED certification process and recycling and reusing construction waste. The complete list of Ecobuild America's offerings is available at http://www.ecobuildamerica.com.

A principal in the event is architect Yoshiteru Kaneko. He is producer of Japan's largest AEC technology event, and creator of Ecobuild Japan, one of the world's foremost green conferences and exhibitions that boasts a five-year success record in Asia and draws more than 16,000 attendees each year.

"Eco-architecture is a common concern in developed and developing countries. I believe events like Ecobuild help grow awareness of the eco-business and that will ensure a better environment for everyone," Kaneko says. He has been selected as the delegate from Japan to the upcoming World Green Building Council (WGBC) conference in India.

Additionally, in September 2005 the World Sustainable Building Conference (SB05) will be held in Tokyo with 1500 persons from 100 countries attending. Ecobuild Japan will serve as the exhibition portion of SB05.

This depth of recognized experience in the green building market is matched by the proven track record of Ecobuild America's organizers that include Borkovich, Richard C. Vendola, Jr., and Chris Gibson. The three have formed RCG Productions, LLC to develop, manage and promote Ecobuild America and other events. RCG boasts a team of experienced professionals with in-depth understanding of the design and construction marketplace and the technologies serving it.

Borkovich is director of strategic planning for RCG and co-founder of the former A/E/C SYSTEMS International conference and exhibition. The annual event produced the world's largest CAD, GIS, and EDM productivity forums and had grown to attract 25,000 attendees and exhibitors in more than 1,400 booths. In 1997 the property and licenses were sold.

He notes: "The AEC industry has changed rapidly since our previous business, yet there doesn't seem to be any company or association stepping up to produce the kind of large-scale, national technology event that provides design and construction professionals the enhanced services to satisfy their growing educational needs. So, I have decided to come out of retirement, [more] reassemble key members of our former team and build a new company to fill the void in green building and construction technology.”                                                                    

Vendola is director of construction technology events for RCG as well as founder of Tradeshow Management Services, Ltd., an organization involved in trade show and conference development and production of events as large as 1500 booths and 30,000 attendees. Vendola has 25 years experience developing and producing events such as Build Boston, Construction Technology, and the A/E/C SYSTEMS shows.

Gibson is director of information technology events and head of Neocentrix, LLC, a marketing services and online consulting company. He has 10 years experience in the trade show and event arena and is developer of RegConnection, an attendee lead tracking, data gathering, and online registration network. Gibson also was director of global marketing services for Bentley Systems and was responsible for the development of the Bentley International User Conference.

Ecobuild America sponsors include Ecobuild Japan; Delphi Inc., a leading research, publishing company and event producer in Tokyo; and the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice, a 30-year old national organization of independent specification writers responsible for more than $50 billion in construction annually.

Ecobuild America will rotate locations annually across the United States, moving to Chicago in 2006 and to Anaheim, Calif. in 2007. A companion event, Ecobuild Federal, targeted to the special needs of those who design, build and manage government facilities, will be held each year in Washington, D.C. The first Ecobuild Federal takes place December 12-15, 2005.

Plans also are under way to co-locate Ecobuild America with other industry events focused on AEC, FM, Power/Process/Plant, GIS/GEO/ infrastructure and total building systems.

For information about exhibiting, presenting at, or attending Ecobuild America, call 1-800-996-3863, fax 1-508-790-4750 or visit http://www.ecobuildamerica.com.                

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